420 Academy information for Autumn 2013


This is the time of year when the ISA Academy reviews are taking place for both the 420s and the Lasers. Current 420 Academy members will be notified of their review date next week.

The 420 Academy Autumn Programme will include a minimum of two trips abroad for training camps and events. These will be Maubisson Regatta, France and Imperia Regatta in Italy. For those sailors not currently on the ISA Academy but who would like to be considered for the winter programme you can email Ross Killian to declare interest: rosskillian [at] email [dot] com

Closing date for this email is Friday 27th of September. Current Academy members do not need to email to declare interest.

Malahide Yacht Club Dinghy Regatta


The Malahide Yacht Club Dinghy Regatta is on Saturday 21st September. There will be racing for 420s, Lasers, Topazes, Optimists and Konas. Registration from 10.00 and First Gun at 12.00 with 3 races back to back. Entries will be accepted on the day but please e-mail Bob Sugrue at bob_sugrue [at] hotmail [dot] com to let us know you are coming.

For Sale: 53103

2007 Ziegelmayer, stored indoors, little used in the last year. Comes with:
-2 racing suits of sails, great condition (Olympic main and jib, Zaoli spinnaker)
-Training suit + 2 more spinnakers
-Superspar spars (mast x2, boom and pole)
-N1 foils- excellent condition
-Rudder and boom bags, new spinnaker bags, over and under cover
-Spare assorted sheets and halyards
-Combi trolley and trailer
Price £3600/ EUR4300

Contact details: 02890246877/07825988786 or email- lauragilmore0 [at] gmail [dot] com

Nautivela for sale

Good for a new entry into the class. The boat is spotless and set up very well. No sign of ageing Purchased 2012. sailed and maintained at a high standard. Good for beginners or for racing.

Equipped with:
Nautivela foils
New Superspars pole
Superspars mast with new dyneema non slip halyard rack.
Superspars boom
All new control lines
Cradle launching trolley
Zaoli radial sails
New slot gasket
Top cover (can supply bottom cover if needed)

Contact Adam: 0876809729

2013 Walker Communications Ulster Championships - Donaghadee Sailing Club

It was quite a while in the making, but the newly rekindled 420 Ulster Championships took place last weekend at Donaghadee Sailing Club, kindly supported by Walker Communications.

Gifted with a favourable wind of 15-20kts for most of the weekend, PRO Jimmy McKee did a fine job getting 6 races in the can. The infamous Donaghadee tide played its usual part in what proved to be an exciting weekend’s racing for the 15 crews that made the trip. It was great to see boats from as far away as Cork, Galway & Wexford making the effort to travel and hopefully some of the Northern boats will return the compliment at future events.

For Sale: IRL 53871

Blue Blue Hull Built 2009. This is a fast boat in good condition.

2 sets of Olimpic Sails, 2 Mains, 2 Jibs and 2 Spinnakers. Top Cover and Under Cover and Rudder Cover. DEM Foils, Launching Trolley, Road Trailer. Superspar M7 mast , Boom and Spinny pole.

Price €5,650, Contact Jim McMahon 086 8034980 or at suttonshore [at] gmail [dot] com

Volvo National Championships 2013


Paul Keal - 2013 Volvo 420 NationalsThe Volvo 420 Class National Championships concluded in RCYC on Sunday with brothers Harry and David Whitaker of the Royal Cork Yacht Club taking the title in style.  In a quality fleet of 32 sailors from all over the country they proved their consistency by never finishing outside the top three boats in any race.

Race officer Richard Leonard expertly managed to complete a full series of nine races between Friday and Sunday with some sparkling sailing to be seen just south east of Roches Point off the entrance to Cork Harbour.  The conditions were very variable with extremes of exciting upwind and three sail planing on Saturday afternoon being in contrast to the tense drift finishing on the last race on Sunday.

Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove of Howth Yacht Club put up the main challenge and indeed had more first places than the Whitakers but had to settle for second overall to the ever consistent brothers. Robert and Sean have been having a great year to date as Irish 420 boys boat for the ISAF youth Worlds in Cyprus.

Third boat was Ewan McMahon and Colin O’Sullivan, also of Howth, who put in some excellent performances particularly in the earlier races. Being younger and relatively newer to the class they certainly have made great progress in double quick time.

Best of the ladies in sixth overall were cousins Lizzy and Cara McDowell of Malahide Yacht Club whose first place in the last race was enough to jump ahead of Cliodhna Ni Shuilleabhan and Jil McGinley (Kinsale Yacht Club and Royal Cork) for the ladies title. Third ladies were sister team Kate and Alanna Lyttle of Royal St. George Yacht Club.

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